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Canajoharie, NY ,

Scout Receives God and Country Award:
Eric C. Miller, a First Class Scout and a member of Fort Plain Troop 61, Boy Scouts of America, received his "God and Country" award in a fitting ceremony last Thursday evening, June 17, 1965, at the Christian Science Society, Lipe Place, Canajoharie.
Following opening remarks by Michael P. Cory, of the society's board, the award presentation was made by First Reader William A. Beitchman.
Eric's Scoutmaster Robert Swarts, Fort Plain, congratulated Scout Miller for having earned the coveted award, an honor achieved through a year-long program of regular Sunday School attendance, extra study of the BIble and religious teachings.
Pictured above, left to right, are Scoutmaster swarts, Mr. Beitchman, Scout miller and his parents, Mr. and Mrs. Booth B. Miller, as his mother pins the God and Country award on her son's uniform.
Also on hand to extend congratulations to Eric for his achievement were his brother, Jeffrey; Arnold Nellis, his Sunday School teacher, Mrs. Beitchman and Kevin Swarts.

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Looking Back - 06/19/2014

Thursday, June 19, 2014 - Updated: 3:55 AM

-- Canajoharie

Twenty Years Ago

The village of Canajoharie received word that it has been awarded a $200,000 grant and a $300,000 loan for upgrades to its wastewater treatment plant to better separate Beech-Nut Nutrition Corp.'s vegetable waste from the waste stream at the plant. The announcement came following a meeting of the state Urban's Development Corp. in which the grant/loan application was unanimously approved as submitted by the village and its principal engineer on the project, Henry Lamont, of Lamont, Van De Valk Engineers, Cobleskill.

Maurice Laug, who has served the Central Mohawk Valley Lions Club as treasurer for the past ten years, was honored at the club's annual banquet when he was named a Melvin Jones Fellow by the Lions Club International Foundation in recognition of his commitment to serving the World Community. Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, Melvin Jones, the fellowship is the foundation's highest honor. It is a recognition of a commitment to humanitarian service. As a special gift from members of Central Mohawk Valley Lions, retiring club president, Tom Armitstead, presented Laug with a Lions jacket, in tribute to his long service to the local club, including his ten plus years as club treasurer.

Mrs. Virginia Laug, Cliff Street, was placed on the New York State Federation of Women's Clubs honor roll by the Monday Evening Club of Canajoharie. The New York State Federation of Womens Clubs held its annual state convention in May at the Gideon Putnam Hotel in Saratoga Springs, celebrating its 100th anniversary.

The candidates for graduation from Canajoharie Central School Class of 1994 will attend the 116th annual commencement ceremony exercises to be held June 24 at the East Hill Elementary School campus.

Thirty Years Ago

Resplendent in their black and gold caps and gowns, 95 graduating seniors at Canajoharie Central School marched through a garland of flowers held aloft by the junior class honor guard to open the school's 106th commencement exercises, held Sunday afternoon at the East Hill Elementary School.

Advice and positive thinking concerning a proposed boat launch for Canajoharie were on the agenda of the Canajoharie-Palatine Chamber of Commerce dinner meeting. The guest speaker for the evening was John Kipp, director of the Mechanicville Chamber of Commerce and director-custodian of a similar dock facility on the Hudson River. Kipp was a late replacement for Richard Northcraft, of the state Department of Environmental Conservation.

Canajoharie's 10-year-old Open Market has been changed to "Old Dutch Trader Days" but will have the same format as in previous years. The event will be held for two days, Sept. 7-8.

Robert and Mabel Van Valkenburg, Maple Avenue, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary.

Forty Years Ago

The main water transmission line from the Ephratah reservoir to the pot of the Canajoharie municipal water system ruptured north of Palatine Bridge.

Baker-Beech-Nut Corporation, Canajoharie, held its first 25-Year club dinner at the Otesaga Hotel in Cooperstown, with more than 100 members and guest attending, and heard company president Frank Nicholas outline the future of the company and what had been accomplished since the corporation was formed after the purchase of the Beech-Nut Babyfood business and plants in Canajoharie and Fort Plain.

The Canajoharie Youth Center is planning a trip to Lake George as the first in a series of special summer events.

-- Fort Plain

Twenty Years Ago

The Fort Plain Central School Recycled Regatta team became the only Middle School to win an overall event trophy. All together, Fort Plain's team floated seven boats.

Following last Wednesday's 189-137 defeat of the $8.8 million Fort Plain Central School budget as proposed for the 1994-95 school year, the Board of Education immediately adopted an austerity spending plan. District Business Manager Carl Rockefeller said that what this means to the average taxpayer is a total reduction in the budget of $71,993.25. However, since interscholastic sports funding is curtailed under an austerity budget, a portion of the reduction can't be counted in because of the average $5,500 per year in ticket sales for sporting events. The adjusted total reduction without gate receipts amounts to $66,494.25.

John Metallo, superintendent and high school principal, has been selected as the Principal of the Year by the Greater Capital Region Principal's Center and Capital Area School Development Association (CASDA). According to Dr. Richard E. Bamberger, executive director of CASDA, "Metallo was selected for this honor because he clearly exemplified those characteristics upon which the award is based: a vision for the school, an ability to share the decision making process, an outstanding record of community service, a commitment to curriculum and instruction, a record of ongoing professional and staff development and an ability to communicate effectively."

The candidates for graduation from Fort Plain Central School Class of 1994 will attend the commencement ceremony exercises to be held June 25 in the Harry Hoag School gym.

Thirty Years Ago

The high school careers of 65 local students came to a fitting conclusion Saturday night at Fort Plain Central School's 89th annual commencement exercises held in the Harry Hoag Elementary School gymnasium.

Preliminary work is underway on an archaeological dig at the site of a former Mohawk Indian settlement near Fort Plain. The dig just west of Fort Plain, along with another project near Sprakers, is designed to turn up evidence regarding smallpox and measles epidemics that annihilated Indian populations in the 16th and 17th centuries.

Forty Years Ago

The Class of 1949 of Fort Plain High School held its 25th reunion at the Elm Tree Hall.

The Fort Plain Band, under the direction of Rex R. Prior Jr., presented the first concert of the 1974 summer season at Haslett Park.

Joseph Gold, Fort Plain RD 2 and Ronald Klump, Nelliston, were elected members of the board of directors of the Animal Shelter Association, Inc., at the monthly meeting.

-- St. Johnsville

Twenty Years Ago

The candidates for graduation from St. Johnsville Central School Class of 1994 will attend the 105th annual commencement ceremony exercises to be held June 26 in the high school gymnasium.

Thirty Years Ago

Thirty-one members of the St. Johnsville Central School Class of 1984 solemnly walked down the aisles for the last time as the school's 95th annual commencement came and went last Sunday. Awards and scholarships totaled $4,042.

Thirty-five members of the Class of 1984 at Oppenheim-Ephratah Central School received diplomas during the 40th commencement exercises held at the school.

The official grand opening of Central National Bank's East Main Street office in St. Johnsville will be held.

Children of all ages are invited to "Go for the Gold" when they join the U.S. Reading Team this summer at the Margaret Reaney Memorial Library. "Go for the Gold" and the U.S. Reading Team are themes being used for the library's annual summer program.

The St. Johnsville summer recreation program is now underway at the Soldiers and Sailors Memorial Park.

Forty Years Ago

Mrs. Doris Plank was tendered at a retirement luncheon after serving more than 23 years as secretary to the elementary principal.

The St. Johnsville Chapter DAR observed its 70th anniversary.

     

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